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Neil Colgan Hut #4879 (Morrain Lake Hut)
Type: Building_Hut
Location:   51.29500,-116.18667     51:17:42, -116:11:12   11U 556708 5682945
(12 km SE of Lake O'Hara). (14 km S of Lake Louise). (4 km E of Deltaform Mountain).
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Bow Range


Climbers Hut above Morraine Lake. Sleeps 16. Coleman stoves, lantern

Location: The hut is located near Morraine Lake in a col between Mts. Little and Bowlen.

Access: Despite its proximity to Morraine lake, the easiest access is from the other side, via the Tokumm Creek Trail up to Fay Hut and then up more gentle slopes from there.

Building: No stove but it is well-insulated and warms up nicely when the stoves and lanterns are on and body-heat is flowing.
Neil Colgan hut

Terrain: This is the highest permanent, habitable structure in Canada, edging out the Abbot Pass Hut by about 100 feet! The Neil Colgan Hut serves as a base in both summer and winter and offers good alpine mountaineering objectives as well as some surprisingly good ski-touring opportunities. Many people will hike or ski to Fay Hut, stay overnight, then continue to Colgan via some beautiful alpine terrain for a night or two there.

In summer a classic traverse would be from Fay to Colgan then out via the Perren or Schiesser routes to Moraine Lake, a trip which would require glacier travel and some technical work in negotiating the rock bands above the lake. This trip would work well in either direction and would provide a great adventure for those with the skills and experience to do it safely. Winter access involves crossing some avalanche paths as well as a narrow canyon above the Fay hut - check conditions before you go.

Trip Reports within 1 km
20 2003.07.13 Mount Perren Route Ian Hunt
38 2003.07.12 Mount Fay, West Ridge (5.3) Route Ian Hunt
23 2003.07.11 Mount Bowlen - Route Description Route Ian Hunt
28 2003.07.11 Mount Little, Northwest Ridge Route Ian Hunt

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